Huhtamaki appoints Johan Rabe as Executive Vice President, Digital and Process Performance


Johan Rabe (53) has been appointed as Executive Vice President, Digital and Process Performance and a member of the Global Executive Team at Huhtamaki as of August 1, 2023. He will report to President and CEO Charles Héaulmé and will be based in Espoo, Finland.

Johan joins Huhtamaki from Oatly where he served as the company´s Chief Supply Chain Officer. Prior to joining Oatly, he had a long career at Tetra Pak where he worked in various leadership roles including Vice President, Sales Management Europe & Central Asia and Managing Director, Tetra Pak North Europe.

“I am excited to welcome Johan to the Huhtamaki team. Our journey towards becoming the first choice in sustainable packaging solutions has highlighted the value of processes and digitalization as key levers to reach our 2030 ambitions. We will focus also on transforming our operating model and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to drive value and efficiency in both customer-facing and internal processes. Johan brings us broad expertise in leading businesses and capabilities transformation within the packaging industry. I have great confidence in the Digital and Process Performance leadership team and its ability to highly contribute to our 2030 Growth Strategy”, says Charles Héaulmé, President and CEO of Huhtamaki.

“As part of the Strategy 2030, Huhtamaki is on an inspirational journey of sustainability, growth, and digitalization ambitions. Foundational elements of the strategy are evolving the system infrastructure, transition to a process-driven organization in sync with the business strategy and capitalizing on the digital ambitions. I am excited to join Huhtamaki and together with the team continue the direction toward operational excellence to deliver on our ambitions”, says Johan Rabe, newly appointed Executive Vice President, Digital and Process Performance at Huhtamaki.

Fredrik Davidsson, currently President, Fiber Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania and interim EVP, Digital and Process Performance, will continue in the role of President, Fiber Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania and as a member of the Global Executive Team.

Following the aforementioned changes, the members of the Global Executive Team are:

  • Charles Héaulmé (Chair), President and CEO;
  • Thomas Geust, Chief Financial Officer;
  • Fredrik Davidsson, President, Fiber Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania and interim EVP, Digital and Process Performance (interim role as EVP, Digital and Process Performance until July 31, 2023);
  • Marco Hilty, President, Flexible Packaging;
  • Ann O’Hara, President, North America;
  • Thomasine Kamerling, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Communications;
  • Marina Madanat, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development;
  • Sami Pauni, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Legal, Group General Counsel;
  • Johan Rabe, Executive Vice President, Digital and Process Performance (as of August 1, 2023); and
  • Ingolf Thom, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Safety.

For further information, please contact:
Charles Héaulmé, President and CEO, tel. +358 10 686 7801

Global Communications

About Huhtamaki

Huhtamaki is a leading global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world. Our innovative products protect on-the-go and on-the-shelf food and beverages, and personal care products, ensuring hygiene and safety, driving accessibility and affordability, and helping prevent food waste. We embed sustainability in everything we do. We are committed to achieving carbon neutral production and designing all our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030. Our blueloopTM sustainable packaging solutions are world-leading and designed for circularity.

We are a participant in the UN Global Compact, Huhtamaki is rated ‘A’ on the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment and EcoVadis has awarded Huhtamaki with the Gold medal for performance in sustainability. To play our part in managing climate change, we have set science-based targets that have been approved and validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative.

With 100 years of history and a strong Nordic heritage we operate in 37 countries and 116 operating locations around the world. Our values Care Dare Deliver guide our decisions and help our team of around 18 000 employees make a difference where it matters. Our 2022 net sales totalled EUR 4.5 billion. Huhtamaki Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and our parent company, Huhtamäki Oyj, is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Find out more about how we are protecting food, people and the planet at


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